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While I was studying in Latvia, I also had the possibility to discover the neighboring countries Estonia and Lithuania. I already introduced you to a wonderful person from Estonia: Therese. In Lithuania I met the vegan girl Rasa who definitely infects you with her laughing :) When I told her about my Vegan Voices series she agreed on the spot. Afterwards I noticed that the interview became quite long, but there are just so many interesting things she can tell about her home country, the animal rights organisation in Lithuania and about herself, so it’s so much fun to listen to her or rather read from her :)

Enjoy reading and a big thank you to Rasa :)

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Did you know that macaroons exist already since the 16. century? And they were already mentioned for the first time in a cook book in 1604!

And I can’t really tell you why, but a few days ago I desperately wanted to eat coconut macaroons. Coconut macaroons belong to the typical German Christmas biscuits. Unfortunately they’re usually made with a lot of eggs. So at first I thought it would be impossible to make a vegan version: But it’s not! Actually it’s very easy, so you should definitely try it!

By the way the word “Macaroon” comes from the greek word Makarios which means something like blessedness. And I felt really blessed when I ate them :)

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I like the Italian kitchen! But I guess I’m not the only one =D But really: There are so many delicious italian recipes and moreover a lot of them are vegan or very easy to make in a vegan way. Also this one: Cantuccini! For sure you have already heard of these small biscuits and probably you also tasted them already. This summer I was in Italy and I saw them in every supermarket. Unfortunately always with egg, although there’s absolutely no need for that. But I was happy to eat the Cantuccini a few month later… although it wasn’t in Italy then :)

To increase your general knowledge: Cantuccini are small almond biscuits from the province of Prato (near Florence) in Italy. They are often offered with wine, tea and coffee. The secret of making them is to bake them twice. Once as rolls and later onwards cutted into biscuits.

Cinnamon Stars

Ciiiinnamon stars! It wasn’t too easy to find all the ingredients here in Latvia, at least not in the right shape (keyword ground almonds and ground hazelnuts). But I did it! So I could bring a bit more Christmas feeling to Riga and Lithuania. Lithuania because this was the destination for my weekend trip and I decided to bring some cinnamon stars for my couchsurfers there :)

And to be honest I was suprised that nobody in Latvia and Lithuania knows cinnamon stars. And also in bakeries, supermarkets and so on you can’t find them. So I asked Wikipedia which told me: They’re typical German! They come from Swabia, a district in southwestern Germany!

Cashew-Lime-Cake

The central market in Riga was sometimes kind of strange: For example just before I left there we’re sooooo cheap avocados and tons of it everywhere. Although it was December and obviousely avocados don’t grow in Latvia. Same with limes. But as I was walking there and seeing all these fruits, I decided to do something with them. And I ended up with creativing a delicious cashew-lime-cake :)

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I always enjoy reading personal experiences, so I came up with the idea to interview other vegans and called this series Vegan Voices. I’ll interview vegans who are travelling and who can tell you about their experiences then, but also vegans who are living in other countries as they have a different view of their country. Today I’ll start with Therese.

Estonia? Where is that again? Somewhere next to Russia? – Probably most of you don’t know so much about the small country next to Russia, Latvia and Finland where they have such a complicated language. (Estonian is only related to Finnish and for us it’s a nightmare to learn the language ;)).

I got the possibility to visit that beautiful country in 2014 while I was studying in Latvia and it was a great experience. I also met Therese, an estonian vegan girl. When I told her about my Vegan Voices project she decided to take part without hesitating. And now she’ll tell you something about her country, her travels and how she became vegan.

Enjoy reading and many thanks to Therese :)

American Oreo Cake
Many people don’t know that Oreos are usually vegan, but yes, they are. (Just be careful about the “fake ones”, they often contain milk!). And knowing this I wanted to bake something with them. Actually I wanted to bake cupcakes, but as making cupcakes just always goes wrong (I definitely have to practise it!), I decided to go for a cake instead.
I made the cake for my flatmates and neighbours when I moved out to study in Latvia and doing that internship in Norway, so I’m always thinking of my flatmates in Germany, when I see the photo of the oreo cake once again :) Greetings to you, if anyone will read that :)
Italian Mushroom-Lasagna

Mushroom-Lasagna! It was one of the first dishes I cooked for my blog and I still love it! Might be because I simply love mushrooms as well as lasagna. So mushroom-lasagna obviousely sounds awesome to me!

By the way did you know that there are different theories about the origin of lasagna? One theory says that it comes from an English dish called loseyns which was already mentioned in the 14th century.

Well, no matter whether the origin is Italian or English, I could eat lasagna every second day =D What about you?

Mushroom Pumpkin Frittata.

I know, I’m quite late for an autumn recipe. But maybe you still have some pumpkin at home? Then you should definitely try this recipe! It’s so easy, you don’t need much time and it’s delicious!

Before that I didn’t try too much with chickpea flour. But a friend of mine is eating glutenfree, so it came to my mind to try to prepare more dishes without gluten. One of these dishes is this one: Something italian (like to often :)). But this time exceptionally without pasta and rice, we’re doing Pumpkin-Mushroom-Frittata.

Traditionally Frittata is made of eggs and you prepare it on a pan. We don’t need a pan neither eggs :)

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